Jada Toys Branches Out With Horror Action Figure Line

Jada Toys–best known for its scaled vehicles and remote-control cars–is getting into horror in a big way–with a “monstrous” line of classic figures.

The company’s Universal Monsters Action Figures were just unveiled, as reported by news.toyark.com, and the line includes iconic characters from some of the best-loved horror films ever.

The four figures–Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Bride of Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon–are full-color, six-inch, fully articulated collectibles. Each includes interchangeable portraits, swap-out hands and character-specific accessories. Priced at $24.99 each, the action figures will be released in September.

Dracula–the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi–was adapted from a 1924 stage play which was based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. A commercial and critical success, the film–and Lugosi’s performance–set the bar high for all vampire movies to come.

Frankenstein–also released in 1931–starred Boris Karloff as the misunderstood monster created from stolen body parts. The film–and Karloff–are unparalleled in movie and horror lore.

Bride of Frankenstein–the 1935 sequel to Frankenstein which saw Karloff reprise his role as the monster–starred Elsa Lanchester as the titular bride. Regarded in some circles as superior to the original, this film is a masterwork of horror.

Creature from the Black Lagoon–the 1954 black-and white 3-D film, introduced the Gill-man to horror fans. The Creature was played by Ben Chapman (on land) and Ricou Browning (underwater). Despite the film’s success and the Gill-man’s popularity, the Creature appeared in the fewest movies of all the Universal Monsters.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on horror collectibles.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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